Attorney General Ashley Moody files a complaint in Marion County after a landscaping scam targets more than 100 senior citizens

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MARION COUNTY, Florida (WCJB) – Many seniors have been the target of a landscaping scam. Thereafter, more than 125 complaints were submitted by senior citizens and those doing military service.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed a complaint with the 5th Judicial District in Marion County. Against Landscaping Companies, Service Smart and Good Neighbor Landscaping. Belonging to the same people.

Kenneth Wayne Smith, Aaron Paul Gaines, and Roy Blackburn for making false promises and not completing the job.

Attorney General Moody said, “This operation, which is targeting Florida seniors, is neither good nor neighborly. In this case, the defendants will now have to answer for the fact that they brazenly targeted these consumers with false promises and unfinished work. “

Villager Keith Mahoney said seniors are a primary target.

“I think people are probably looking at seniors as easy targets, if you will, and to some extent there are some of these types of people here with various ailments.”

Moody’s action is aimed at permanently banning owners from owning and operating landscaping businesses. Also, have them repay more than $ 118,000 to consumers deceived by the system.

Mahoney thinks back to a time when he was almost betrayed at The Villages.

“I had an incident, not with a landscaper, but someone knocked on the door trying to sell me meat and the like. And that someone had gone on vacation and had the extra meat they were selling us for a “really good price,” and I knew right away that it was a scam. “

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